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, Volume 44, Issue 10, pp 6401–6418 | Cite as

Enhanced visible-light photoelectrochemical and photoelectrocatalytic activity of nano-TiO2/polyimide/Ni foam photoanode

  • Yonglin LeiEmail author
  • Jichuan Huo


We report a novel method for fabrication of a nano-TiO2/polyimide (PI)/Ni foam photoanode. Characterization results indicated that porous nanostructured TiO2 films were successfully immobilized and dispersed into the indivisible PI/Ni foam substrate. The prepared photoanode exhibited intense visible-light absorption from 400 to 700 nm, high photoinduced current of 175 μA/cm2, and photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) efficiency of 98.8 % for degradation of methylene blue (MB) within 180 min of simulated solar light irradiation. Moreover, the TiO2/PI/Ni foam photoanode showed obvious visible-light PEC performance, mainly attributed to formation of TiO2–PI charge-transfer (CT) complexes and high separation efficiency of photoinduced charge carriers by the applied bias potential. This study provides a new perspective for preparation of cheap, high-performance visible-light photoelectrocatalytic films.


Nano-TiO2 Polyimide Ni foam Visible light Photoelectrocatalysis 



This work was supported by the National Science and Technology Support Program (2014BAB15B02) and Engineering Research Center of Biomass Materials, Ministry of Education, China (Grant No. 14tdsc03).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Engineering Research Center of Biomass Materials, Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and EngineeringSouthwest University of Science and TechnologyMianyangPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.School of Chemical EngineeringNanjing University of Science and TechnologyNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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